: a group or series of objects arranged together in a row or a tier
a bank of vending machines
: such as
: a set of elevators
: a row or tier of telephones
worked at a phone bank calling potential donors
journalism: one of the horizontal and usually secondary or lower divisions of a headline
reading the bank of the headline
: to depend or rely on
can always bank on her friendship
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The literal meaning of Italian banca was “bench,” but the word was also used for the benchlike counter at which an early money changer transacted business, and later to describe the money changer’s shop itself—the bank. When the banking trade spread from Italy to France, and then to England, the Italian word went with it and became our English bank.
The German bank lifts its stock rating to buy from hold, while cutting the price target to 3,000 pence from 3,100 pence.—WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 The bank recently projected that economic growth would flatline through 2024 and into 2025.—Eshe Nelson, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Wells Fargo employees at two of the bank’s branches filed for union elections on Monday, laying the groundwork for potential unionization in an industry that has largely been immune to such labor campaigns.—Niket Nishant, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Prosecutors demand Brazil's oldest bank pay reparations for slavery
More than a year later now, Izaque was preparing to go to school.—Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 As trade expanded, banks were established and currency production surged, medieval Europe experienced a major transformation: Suddenly, money was everywhere in daily life.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 Hamilton was accused of giving Ashley’s victim an unknown illicit substance outside the bar and using the victim’s phone to steal $2,000 from his bank accounts.—Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 More than $40,000 from his campaign’s bank account was found to have not been reported to the Federal Election Commision and used for personal expenses.—Jordan Moreau, Variety, 19 Nov. 2023 Just ask Bangladesh’s National Telecommunication Monitoring Center, which security researchers found connected to a leaky database that exposed everything from names and email addresses to cell phone numbers and bank account details.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023
So Apple is banking on the software to sell people on the new models.—Ewan Spence, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Democrats are banking on a comeback to help retake the House.—Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 He’s already banked $5 million in pre-seed round of funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners.—Jasmine Browley, Essence, 25 Oct. 2023 Manchin also still had a large campaign war chest, banking away $11.3 million.—Joe Murphy, NBC News, 16 Oct. 2023 While similar attempts to expand paid sick leave have stalled in the past, politically powerful unions are banking on workplace lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to be enough to get Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign the bill this time around, Mackenzie Mays reported.—David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Nintendo is banking on having more people come in contact with its intellectual property through official stores, including pop-ups, theme parks and special events, and now movies.—Yuri Kageyama, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 On top of acquiring and producing local stories, Netflix still finds great success with its international library titles in the region and has sought to bank on the familiarity of U.S. formats when designing its regional content.—Rafa Sales Ross, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 That’s why the real story of the night was the performance from Sheehan — one of several young pitchers the Dodgers are banking on to deliver in the playoffs, hopeful their lack of experience can be overcome by youthful confidence and quality of stuff.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2023 See More
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Noun (1) and Verb (1)
Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse bakki bank; akin to Old English benc bench — more at bench
Noun (2) and Verb (2)
Middle English, from Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French banque, from Old Italian banca, literally, bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc
Middle English banc bench, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc